Though three South Asian leaders–Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping–have been invited, Nepal has not.
The topic was addressed by a Nepali media house with Anna Richey-Allen, a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Kathmandu.
She responded by claiming that only the world’s “big economies” were invited to the summit.
“The summit is only one of several big climate-related activities leading up to COP-26, which will be a global event,” Richey-Allen said. Its main goal is to persuade the world’s major economies to increase their ambition in order to keep the goal of keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach.
“We stand ready to partner with Nepal on climate issues, including our attendance at the Sagarmatha Sambaad when it is organized,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the official stated that the US would announce an ambitious new climate target during the summit, and urged other countries not invited to make public statements “in support of the summit’s goal of increasing global ambition on climate change.”